HP introduced a solid new laptop/tablet hybrid with a bigger screen than Microsoft's Surface Pro 3. The HP Envy X2 ships with a detachable keyboard and packs either a 13-inch or 15-inch display. Both displays are larger than the 12-inch screen on the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft's flagship productivity tablet. That makes it a versatile Windows 8.1 machine for mobile business users who want a bit more digital real estate to work on. And that's not all the Envy X2 – set to launch at the end of October – has to offer. Read on for three features that should make it good for work.
The HP Envy X2 ships with a Bluetooth keyboard, which snaps onto the tablet using magnets. Attach the keyboard when you want to use the device like a laptop, and stow it away when you're using touch-screen apps. The fact that the Envy X2 ships with a keyboard sets it apart from the Surface Pro 3, since Microsoft's optional Type Cover must be purchased separately. That makes HP's hybrid ready for productivity right out of the box. Another perk is the inclusion of backlit keys for low-light typing.
Next to comparable laptop/tablet hybrids, the Envy X2 sports a large screen that gives business users more room to work. The 13-inch version strikes a great balance between portability and productivity, while the 15-inch machine is a better option for users who plan to work mostly on the desktop, but want the ability to use the device like a tablet on occasion. And both versions feature a built-in kickstand that lets you prop them up on a table or desk. That's a good thing, considering the size and weight of the larger model.
Intel Core M processor
The HP Envy X2 is powered by Intel's new Core M chip, and that's a plus for business users. The Core M is an efficient chip that enables thinner and lighter designs, since it doesn't require a fan to cool it. We haven't had a chance to put the Envy X2 through its paces just yet, but the hardware should deliver good performance and long battery life.
Originally published on Business News Daily.